Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] HMMM..

Tari, Vince Vince.Tari at nmhg.com
Mon Feb 23 19:10:44 MST 2004

Not sure if anyone else was surprised by this, but this has got me thinking.

I wonder on what basis the Oils "Licensing" dept thought that a eurodisco
cover of Beds was a good idea ? I can only imagine that they would have been
paid a shitload of roylaties and upfront fees to allow the song to be
covered, and i don't begrudge them for that at all - hope they get as much
as they want because it's their right.

As stated in a previous email, the Oils rightly maintain creative control
over their material, so i'm assuming all members had a vote on this matter.

What is bugging me now is the way that Matthew's (i don't know him
personally) script was rejected. Here was a piece of art, created from the
heart & soul of a true Oils fan, therefore presumably high in credibility,
integrity & passion, and potentially lucrative for them, yet it was deemed

In contrast, we now have a eurodisco cover of an iconic piece of Australia,
doing the rounds in some dodgy nightclubs. Again i stress, good luck to them
& i hope it continues to be successful, but i can't help wondering what the
people of say Warakurna or Yundemu would think of this.

All IMHO, but this has left me bewildered. Guess I need to move with the
times a bit faster or maybe even lighten up a bit ?



> -----Original Message-----
> From: mbtigger at charter.net [mailto:mbtigger at charter.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, 24 February 2004 8:09 AM
> To: powderworks at cs-lists.cs.colorado.edu
> Subject: [Powderworks] HMMM..
> >From the Oils web site..
> *startling news
> the techno cover of Beds at #6 in Germany
> Might this be a good Spinal Tap "Sex Farm is on the Charts in 
> Japan" moment?
> Michael